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Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

1. Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

Join a guided family-friendly hiking trip up Mount Profitis Ilias and admire views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Learn about the history of this unusual Greek tourist attraction before experiencing a breathtaking sunset. Start your trip with pickup in Rhodes or choose to meet your guide in the quaint village of Salakos, located on the foothills of Profitis Ilias. Then, begin the ascent up the mountain, walking among ilex, pine, and olive trees along the way. Once at the top, visit some Alpine-style buildings built by the Italian colonists in 1929 and 1932. Continue from the Elafos and Elafina hotels up to the former home of the Italian Governor of Rhodes, Villa de Vecchi, and then the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short snack and drink break, head back to Salakos, stopping on the way for the highlight of this hiking tour: the sunset. Enjoy a feast for the eyes as you take in the colors of the sea, trees, and sun, calmly setting on the horizon. Later, return to the starting point using headlamps, rounding off your day with a true adventure in the wilderness. If you chose the pickup option, you'll be driven back to your accommodation once you return to Salakos.

From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

2. From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

Start your Profitis Ilias hike of in the charming village of Salakos. Follow along an old mule track to a garden that used to belong to General De Vecchi an Italian Governor of Rhodes from between 1936-1940, whose villa now lies abandoned. Cross the garden toward two hotels in Tyrolean style and climb to the top of the mountain where you will have the chance to take photos of the spectacular view. Walk on a path shaded by dense cypress trees and Aleppo pines. Pass by the majestic villa and its chapel on your way down the mountain and back to Salakos.Try some traditional snacks along the way.

Rhodes: Hike Mountain Profitis Ilias from Salakos village

3. Rhodes: Hike Mountain Profitis Ilias from Salakos village

Discover the Profitis Ilias Mountain of Rhodes island with a guided hike to the top. As you climb, take in views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding islands. At the top, enjoy a picnic and explore the rare pine and cypress tree forest. Discover the buildings that were constructed during the Italian occupation, before starting the descent. Begin the hike in the village of Salakos, a quaint agricultural village, located on the foothills of Mount Profitis Ilias. The trail climbs gradually upward and is perfect for all levels of hikers, including children, as long as you have a basic level of physical fitness. Enjoy the climb, sheltered from the sun under the shade of Ilex, pine, and olive trees. Admire the surroundings, and take in views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Once at the top, appreciate the calm of a quiet picnic area and the pine forest before approaching the two famous hotels named after one of the symbols of the island. Learn about the Italian occupation in this area, and admire the Alpine style of architecture of the two hotels. Visit the Villa de Vecchi, the home of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes, and the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short break and a snack, start the descent back to Salakos.

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4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

great tour Not too strenuous. After the first somewhat steep climb, there are still flat paths. You can still see historical buildings. The sunset is beautiful and afterwards walking down in the dark with the flashlights is also fun. The guides are great! Even got a schnapps during the sunset ;) Thumbs up and highly recommended

An amazing hike with very friendly, knowledgeable and professional guides. The hike was easy to medium difficulty, not too challenging. Equipment for trekking was provided at the time and the guides took pictures along the way and sent them to us. The views were amazing and definitely a highlight of our trip.

Great hike and great tour guide. The atmosphere was super relaxed and the path absolutely doable. At sunset we got delicious snacks and a schnapps. An absolute must for sunset lovers! Not touristy or overcrowded.

A lovely hike with very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Was well worth the money and would recommend for anyone who wants to pair a hike with a lovely sunset view.

It was a great experience! Lovely vieuw and a wonderful guide. Very well known about the history and surroundings. Love to do this again!